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Is the person asking you to explain your race, or your ethnicity—or maybe even both?
And then, there's another question: What is the difference between race and ethnicity, anyway? When looking at how society, scholars, and the government define the words, the university explains: "There is little agreement on core distinctions between race and ethnicity.
So, essentially But with a little help from Brody, we broke it down below. In society, race is often used to define someone by their skin color, as well as other physical, social, and biological attributes. For example, the U. If you want a more official definition, here's what the Encyclopedia Brittanica has to say:.
But as the above definition points out, the word race has a long history of being used to divide members of society, often based on superficial physical attributes. As Brody explains it, for hundreds of years, race has been "defined by ourselves, by the law, by scientists, and the government, often with competing interests" as cultural norms change.
For example, she says, the offensive term "mulatto" referring to people of mixed white and Black ancestry used to be freely used in the U. Census in the 19th century. Not so much. But they're also about our relationships with power Some people want to exploit difference. And if you want to re-classify people, race is one way of having power over them.
Now, when using the word ethnicitythat term most often refers to the way in which one identifies learned aspects of themselves—i. For example, Italian is both a nationality and an ethnicity. To further clarify, Brody explains that when looking at how it's often used in language, someone could say, I identify as Black, but I was raised in Panama, so I'm ethnically Panamanianor: We are both Black, but I am West Indian.
Or, to bring pop culture into it, Jason Momoa identifies his race as Native Hawaiian, but his ethnicity is Polynesian.
The U. Census' short-sighted way of defining ethnicity is that it "determines whether a person is of Hispanic origin or not. Merriam-Webster also offers a vague definition of the word ethnicitysaying it's an:. They then define ethnic as:. Brody clarifies that though it seems like they're two different concepts as explained aboveone can't exist without the other, as they have a large influence in how we deal with race in our country.
Race and ethnicity are also often substituted for one another, due to how an individual chooses to identify and the historical impact on the perception of the two terms. You can't really define them separately because they are intimately related. Sometimes people mistakenly think that ethnicity is reserved only to whites or Europeans, but really it just means one's language or culture," she says. There are two ways of understanding. You can think of one: the idea of race earlier in the world—and sometimes now—works like ethnicity in terms of one's cultural ideas.
So we don't need ethnicity maybe so much or use it as much. The professor points to the history book How the Irish Became White because it shows that the concept of race "is something made. But over time, the tides were turned, as their skin color race gained them the social acceptance that was denied to African Americans. If you're still confused, here's how Brody puts it to most easily understand: "Race is something we believe to be heritable, and ethnicity is something learned; however, this masks the history of how race has been used to create these concepts for political power.
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So, What's the Difference Between Race and Ethnicity?